Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

How do YOU define visual art?

Is it just a painting in the Louvre, or can it be more than just that? What do you think of artists like Damien Hirst, a man famous for, among other things, putting a dead shark in a tank and naming it "The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living"?

Could the shape of a really nice coffee mug or the way the sun hits the trees in the morning or the dust jacket on an old book be art?

Hundreds of years ago, art was only allowed to be a religious expression, but nowadays can describe anything that expresses the human condition. Art can represent something real or conceptual. It should affect the senses, your heart or your mind. It's funny to read the Wikipedia article on Art because of it's calculated, scientific description of something that isn't really supposed to be calculated or scientific.

-Erika Iris Simmons

I found this art a while ago and it inspired me because of the idea of taking a vessel of music and working it  into a visual art form struck me as fascinating. Yes, it's John Lennon made out of cassette tape. Here's what the artist had to say about her work:

"In this series I showcase a number of portraits of musicians made out of recycled cassette tape with original cassette. Also included are portraits made from old film and reels. The idea comes from a phrase (ironically) coined by philosopher Gilbert Ryle, a description of how your spirit lives in your body. I imagine we are all, like cassettes, thoughts wrapped up in awkward packaging." - Erika Iris Simmons, artist.

After stumbling upon this artwork of hers, I quickly came across this piece. She took the sheet music for a song and made it into a visual of what this music feels like to her.
What beautiful art.
Click here to check out Erika's flickr page!

Happy Wednesday,


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